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India - Water Leakage - Chennai City loses Rs 1,000 Crore Due to Water Leakage. Our Viewpoint: It is disturbing to see the profound loss of water and associated financial impact that raise questions about the functions of utility operators.

Chennai City loses Rs 1,000 Crore Due to Water Leakage. Water losses amount to 50% of potable water due to leakages in the distribution network. The city alone produces around 1,400 MLD of potable water a day and if efforts are on to curtail the non-revenue water loss by 20% in the next three years, Chennai can save Rs 1,000 crore.

Our Viewpoint: It is disturbing to see the profound loss of water and associated financial impact that raise questions about the functions of utility operators and government departments. Every drop of water counts in this world. We come across numerous incidents of water leakage and contamination reported on the daily basis. There is no proactive development happening in this sector to conserve the present water sources. When any leakage occurs the immediate focus is on putting leak detection devices to quantify the losses. The root cause analysis for such leakage is not at all attempted by the water management authorities. They allow accumulation of several day to day causes that will result in huge losses. Historic analysis of failures is not properly accounted in the design of new water distribution system. Corrosion of pipelines and associated fixtures is completely ignored by the utility operators and design houses.  There is a great need to monitor the operation closely for corrosion issues and utilise appropriate maintenance programs. Lifecycle cost-justified material selection is one of the important aspects in the design stage. We need to turn Water Rust to Water TRUST.
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City Loses Rs 1,000 Crore Due to Water Leakage
By Express News Service Published: 17th February 2016 03:54 AM Last Updated: 17th February 2016 08:35 AM

Do you know that Chennai loses over 50% of potable water due to leakages in the distribution network? What’s worse, this is unaccounted for on paper!

The State government is keen to curb the non-revenue water (NRW) losses, which could save the exchequer thousands of crores, according to K Ashok Natarajan, CEO of Tamil Nadu Water Investment Company (TWIC).

NRW is water that is lost or unaccounted for enroute between the water supplier and the customer. It is a major challenge for water utilitity companies where technology and resources to address the problem are often limited.

Talking to City Express on the sidelines of the two-day Indo-Australia workshop here, he said, “The city alone produces around 1,400 MLD of potable water a day and if efforts are on to curtail the non-revenue water loss by 20% in the next three years, Chennai can save Rs 1,000 crore.”

Natarajan stressed the need for mapping the entire water distribution network through a global information system. “We also need for technologies like leak detection system and trenchless technology to cut down on losses by a minimum of 20% at the minimum,” he added.

Chennai Metro Water has assigned TWIC to survey three zones of Royapuram, Kodambakkam and Mylapore to find out how many streets are facing the problem of potable water getting polluted, but the survey could not be completed due to the floods.

Article Source: http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/chennai/City-Loses-Rs-1000-Crore-Due-to-Water-Leakage/2016/02/17/article3280755.ece
Publication Date: 17 Feb 2016

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